Tensions between France and Britain have led to deaths in the English Channel

London.- At least 27 people killed when they tried to cross English Channel It fueled tensions between Britain and France over how to prevent migrants from crossing the world’s busiest passage in small boats.

Despite the commitment of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron to “do everything possible” to prevent traffickers from endangering the lives of others, politicians on both sides of the channel are accusing each other of failing to prevent Wednesday’s tragedy.

British authorities criticize France for rejecting their offer for both police and border agents to conduct joint patrols along the Channel coast with the French authorities. Paris, for its part, claims that London is fueling the crisis because it is too easy for migrants to stay in the country and work if they get through.

In the midst of an exchange of accusations, British lawmakers on Thursday discussed the growing number of migrants arriving on its shores in small boats. Macron is expected to raise the issue with EU officials.

Meanwhile, migrants continue to brave the cold to complete their journey through the English Channel.

This tragedy was completely predictable. In fact, it was predictable and completely preventable, says Zoe Gardner from the Joint Migrant Welfare Council to the BBC. “This must be the moment when our government marks a turning point.”

We must offer alternatives to boat smuggling, he added.

According to Johnson, it is clear that French operations to prevent migrant boats from leaving French shores “have been insufficient”, despite the fact that the British government has offered millions of pounds to fund police patrols on French shores.

But legislator Pierre-Henri Dumont of Calais told the BBC that the fact that there are more patrols “will not change anything because we have 200 to 300 kilometers of coastline to monitor 24 hours a day.”

“I think it’s time for our governments to stop blaming themselves and try to speak out for real solutions, not a crazy solution like having more and more people on patrol and sending the British army to the French coast,” Dumont said. “It is unacceptable and it will not change anything.”

Conservative British lawmaker Natalie Elphicke said on Thursday that it was “absolutely essential that the French police prevent the boats from sailing in the first place.”

“Yesterday we were disappointed to see in the videos how the French police did not intervene when the boats gathered and the migrants boarded them and left the coast of France,” Elphicke told The Associated Press. “Britain has offered them help with people and resources and I hope that the French accept the offer and that other European countries come to help France.”



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